The Relationship Between Chiropractic Care and Migraine Headaches

If you suffer from migraines, you know that these painful episodes are much more than just your ordinary run of the mill headache. A migraine is a very intense episode which is accompanied with a number of symptoms including throbbing pain, seeing stars, vomiting, nausea, loss of appetite, fatigue, irritability, tingling sensations and sensitivity to light, noise and movement. Also after the headache is over many people also experience sleepiness, neck pain and a feeling of being mentally “dull” or incoherent for quite some time.

Researchers are not sure exactly what causes these painful and severe migraine headaches, but they are certain that it has something to do with changes in blood flow to the brain. There seems to be a genetic link to migraine headaches and more than half of people who suffer from migraines have a family member who also suffers from them.

There are many different treatments to prevent migraines and relieve the suffering from them, including herbs, supplements, natural migraine medications and acupuncture. However, one of the most effective and natural treatments that has been discovered is chiropractic adjustment.

Many clinical trials have found that spinal manipulation from a skilled chiropractor can help to treat migraine headaches. In one of these studies, 22% of people who had received chiropractic manipulation reported more than a 90% reduction of migraine attacks. Also, another 49% reported that there was a significant reduction in the intensity of their migraine attacks. In a different study, it was found that spinal manipulation worked as well as the medication Elavil to reduce migraines. Of course, spinal manipulation doesn’t have the side effects that medication has.

Why Does Chiropractic Treatment Help for Migraines?

Many recent studies have linked headache pain to nerve irritation. One study, which was conducted by the University of Maryland, has found a connection between muscle tension at the base of the neck and more frequent headaches. This is because the tension in the muscles will have an effect on the sensitive fibres at the base of the neck – which are connected to the brain and the spinal cord.

There has also been another study which has found that the majority of headache sufferers have misaligned spinal vertebrae in their neck. This placed pressure on the spinal nerves, which made it more likely for them to have a headache. The spinal pressure can be an ongoing problem, which can cause the patient suffering and discomfort for many years. However, misaligned spinal vertebrae can be treated and fixed, under the care of an experienced chiropractic doctor.

What the Chiropractic Treatment Does

When you consult a chiropractor to treat your migraine headaches, they will help you by removing the pressure on your nerves that is caused by spinal misalignment. Also, they will help to reduce the tension in your neck muscles which will minimize your nerve pressure. The chiropractor will gently adjust the vertebrae in your neck so that none of the nerves are blocked.

Many people have spinal problems in their neck without even realizing what the problem is. These problems can occur during the birth process or they can develop as your body matures and grows. Also, certain incidents such as motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries, falls or bad posture can contribute to these spinal problems. These spinal problems could be causing you a lot of issues, not just headaches. A chiropractic treatment can have a number of positive benefits for the patient, including improved posture, less muscle tension, improved nervous system function, reduce blood pressure and make it easier to sleep.

It is recommended that you talk to your chiropractor about a treatment plan that can help to relieve your migraine headaches. A chiropractor might also offer you nutritional advice, such as recommending a change in your diet and offering you some tips on vitamins and supplements that will help to relieve your symptoms. They might also offer you some advice on the ergonomics of your work posture, relaxation techniques, exercises and much more. With the combination of this advice and support from your chiropractor, you will be able to decrease your risk of a migraine headache appearing and reduce the severity of the headache if it does occur.

About the author

John Holmes is passionate about healthcare and has worked in the chiropractic industry for many years. He used to suffer from migraine headaches, but has found that regular chiropractic treatments have been very useful in reducing their frequency and severity.

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